Latest news from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau


Taiwan plans 37 new hotel developments
Following a record number of visitors during 2009, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau has approved 37 new hotel investment projects on the island. The building of these new facilities, including large international tourist hotels, business properties, and boutique hotels, will increase the number of guestrooms in Taiwan by more than 10,000.

Recent visitor figures show that a record 4.4 million people traveled to Taiwan in 2009. These figures include a total of 44,815 visitors from the UK, many of whom cited “pleasure” as their reason for visiting. These impressive arrival figures come at a time when Taiwan is spending a record amount on advertising and promotion in the UK and other key destinations.

Josephine Huang, marketing manager of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (Europe), commented: “We are delighted that more and more people are recognizing Taiwan as a fantastic leisure destination. We look forward to developing our tourism market even further and to welcoming even more travelers to our beautiful island.”

Taiwanese restaurant opens in West London
A new Taiwanese restaurant has opened in Bayswater, West London, to offer food lovers a unique dining experience. Leong’s Legends specializes in regional Taiwanese cuisine with an emphasis on seafood.

This new opening means that diners can now savor the delights of Taiwanese cuisine in the west of the capital. Previously, customers had to travel into Central London to enjoy authentic Taiwanese fare.

Leong’s Legends offers a regional menu, featuring excellent Dim Sum, delicious soup dumplings, and other street food dishes that can be found in many of Taiwan’s bustling night markets. This fine dining experience is further enhanced by the restaurant’s interior, which has been designed to resemble a Chinese inn with low-hanging lamps hovering above wooden tables, commanding beams, and wooden screens.

Located at 82 Queensway, Bayswater, the new eatery will be the signature restaurant of Leong’s Legend Ltd.

Taiwan launches a new bus service for tourists
A new tourist bus service has launched in Puli, central Taiwan, to make it easier for independent travelers to tour some of the area’s most impressive visitor attractions. The local government developed the new bus service to cater to Puli’s increasing popularity for sightseeing.

There are currently two bus routes for tourists to choose from. Buses on the Blue Line visit a number of impressive leisure locations, including one of Taiwan’s most remarkable sights – the Chung Tai Chan Monastery – and the Puli Winery, which is famous for producing Shaohsing, a smooth wine originally from China. Buses on the Green Line make stops at the Musheng Insect Museum, which is home to Taiwan’s largest species of living butterflies, as well as other popular attractions.

Day tickets start from NT$80 (approximately £1.65). Further plans to connect the service with Sun Moon Lake are also in development.